The KIT MATCH approach for enhancing TB care coverage

KIT Royal Tropical Institute proudly presents its MATCH approach (Mapping and Analysis for Tailored disease Control and Health system strengthening) for National TB programmes (NTPs). This approach enables NTPs to allocate resources more effectively towards key populations and areas of continuous TB transmission.

The MATCH approach takes multiple – often under-utilised – sources of geographically, temporally and demographically disaggregated data, and uses these to identify areas and populations with significant numbers of missed TB cases. The methodology allows TB programme gaps to be identified throughout the pathway of care, for further investigation, through mapping, followed by spatial and temporal analysis and finally the triangulation of the various data.

MATCH is intended to be done by NTPs themselves in collaboration with their health system partners. It is therefore important to train health care professionals how to use data for more targeted TB interventions, as well as to foster a greater sense of ownership among data users and policy makers. By linking data to policy objectives, by combining and simplifying complex data into a more intuitive format and by building capacity for data management and analytical techniques, a country’s capacity to plan more effective local interventions can be greatly enhanced, and the burden of TB in their communities greatly reduced.

Download the first version of our MATCH manual for TB here.

Download the first version of our MATCH Data Management Plan for TB here.

For those interested in accessing the group work sessions mentioned in the manual, or for information on tailored training for groups or individuals interested in learning how to apply the MATCH approach in their local setting and for their area of interest, please contact our MATCH specialists Mirjam Bakker, Lucie Blok or Ente Rood.